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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2023 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in December 2009 at 8.0% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.0% in October 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 +0.3
Utah 2.6% +0.1 +0.2
Provo 2.6% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2023 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 23,468. There are now 14,048 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,788 in December 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,632. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 9,420 +302 +1,613

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
October
2023
3.9% 2.7%
September
2023
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 9,420
August
2023
3.8% 2.5% 2.5% 9,118
July
2023
3.5% 2.4% 2.4% 8,684
June
2023
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 8,440
May
2023
3.7% 2.3% 2.3% 8,241
April
2023
3.4% 2.3% 2.2% 8,026
March
2023
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 8,018
February
2023
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 8,051
January
2023
3.4% 2.4% 2.3% 8,066
December
2022
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 7,964
November
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 7,974

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.